martedì 23 giugno 2015

The Queen and Germany - Part II - Post-1989

To follow up on yesterday's post on pre-1989 Anglo-German relations, here is a quick look at post-reunification events.
The first post-1989 meeting between the Queen and German President von Weizsäcker was a whistle stop one-day visit (which provided a fab tea-taking photo opportunity!) on 23 November 1990, on the occasion of a visit from an RAF unit to Luftwaffenstützpunkt Laarbruch in Weeze, North Rhine-Westphalia:
From 19 to 23 October 1992, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid their first official visit to a unified Germany, at the invitation of President von Weizsäcker. Predictably, the tour touched former East German cities of historic significance, like Leipzig and, most notably, Dresden, besides Bonn and Berlin, which now the royal couple could visit in its entirety.
The Queen is received by President von Weizsäcker upon arrival in Berlin.


Attending a banquet at the Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin.
On the steps of Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam.
From 1 to 4 December 1998, the Queen received President and Frau Herzog on a visit to Britain. The Presidential couple were hosted at Windsor Castle:


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Berlin again in July 2000, when they met Mayor Eberhard Diepgen at the Brandenburger Tor and visited the new Reichstag:

On 2 November 2004, at the behest of President Köhler, the Queen made another three-day visit, this time touching Berlin, Potsdam and Düsseldorf:

Reviewing the guard of honour with President Köhler.

 Meeting Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.


Laying a wreath at the Central Memorial for the Victims of War and Tyranny (Neue Wache) in Berlin. A visit to the Memorial is scheduled for 24 June 2015.
Watching a fashion show during a lunch reception in Düsseldorf.
Meeting schoolchildren after a visit to the Alte National Galerie in Berlin.

 At Stahnsdorf Cemetery, where British and Commonwealth soldiers killed during the First World War are buried.
More recently, on 28 February 2014, the Queen received German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a private audience at Buckingham Palace:


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